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Patio Chairs Refurbishing old Chairs

By Ackchairs Subscribe to RSS | March 19th 2012 | Views:
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There are times when there is no way around buying a new patio furniture set. You need to start fresh after using the same patio chairs and table for 20 years, and by all means, you should look for a quality set to see you through two more decades. But repurposing an old set of patio chairs offers you an interesting challenge, and the results can be delightful.

Repurpose patio chairs? Why would you do that? This project is worth your while when you have a full patio furniture set that is in good condition but you could use additional seating options or accent furniture for your outdoor living space.

Accent furniture outdoors? Yes! You place great emphasis on coordinating décor inside the home. So why would you retire your good taste the moment you step outside? Giving a few old patio chairs a face lift can introduce juicy color on the patio just like a kitschy design can foster a charming vintage vibe. Old patio chairs and tables are ideal canvases for this kind of project because they have that detail and character that make them an interesting focal point no matter the surroundings.

The first step you need to take is to look for the right deck chairs. Go digging through the basement, the attic, your parents’ basement or attic, or hit the local yard sale circuit on the weekends.

Look for rusting old metal chairs, wrought iron ice cream parlor chairs, retro tulip chairs, or just a traditional wooden rocker or straight back chair. An eclectic set works great so don’t be concerned with finding a set that does matches. As long as they have something special about them and are structurally-sound, they are chairs you can work with.

Get the out in the sunlight and hose them down thoroughly. Once they’re clean, you’ll really be able to assess what needs to be done to bring your patio chair vision to life. If you have a chair that has been eaten by rust, break out the steel wool and start smoothing it down. Clean mildew off surfaces using a mildew solution, and scrub away stains with a cleaning agent.

If your outdoor chairs are already in a color you like, feel free to stick with it. Even if it doesn’t look perfect, sometimes faded or artificial color looks more charming than perfection. But if you want to change the color, just pick up a high-quality exterior grade spray paint at your local hardware store and get to work. Don’t be afraid to paint each chair you are repurposing a different color. As long as the colors are complementary the affect can be quite pleasant. Try Crayola colors, like bright blue, red and yellow, or cool tones like white, sea green and grey-blue. Natural wood is always lovely, and distressed natural wood is even better. Don’t try to sand down a wooden chair that shows its age. A rustic appearance will give your patio a far more distinct feel.

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